Tuesday, 5 September 2017


 Putting together an outfit for the races can be daunting. Usually around this time of year, we are all running from shop to shop in attempt to find a dress, headpiece or hat, shoes and bag that will be a knock out come race day.  
Ladies have no fear, Australian fashion brand Elliatt and luxe headpiece designer Heather McDowall have collaborated once again to create some magnificent looks for the Spring Carnival. 

When I was reviewing Elliatt's & Heather Mcdowell's look books, I wondered how both designers managed to create pieces that worked so perfectly together, only to find out that Heather had designed her Spring collection specifically for Elliatt’s dresses. 

" I met with Elliatt at the beginning of the year and went through the sketches they had of their range. I then designed and made headpieces to match each dress."

Elliatt's new range is perfect for Spring racing with their feminine shapes and pastel colours, but most importantly, they are elegant and sophisticated with a hint of sexy. The 'Memory Dress' dress I wore last Saturday for Tattersalls Club Chelmsford Stakes day was the perfect example of their elegant but sexy style that will take you from trackside to night time. 
Designer: Elliatt - Memory dress
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall - Valerie 

Once again, Heather McDowall has nailed her new range. From her boaters, velvet headbands, lace headpieces and regal crowns- there is something in there for everyone. Both Elliatt and Heather McDowall have previously collaborated and I can see exactly why; they complement each other perfectly! I love that they have created a race day look that is on trend yet affordable. 

"We wanted to be the first design team in Australia to release a full collection of headpieces and dresses. Not just one or the other, a collection that is both affordable, stylish and on trend."
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When it comes to jewellery, I can't go past designers like Christie Nicolaides or the king of bling Nicholas Haywood. Nicolaides earrings will always make a big, bright and bold statement to your outfit and Haywood always adds that touch of class, elegance and sparkle to every look. 

Sometimes for a quick fashion fix I also hit up Lovisa. Match your headpiece or hat with some big earrings or a necklace to really make the outfit chic and fun. Lovisa has some gorgeous jewellery that will add that little bit extra to complete your outfit. 

As it is Spring, I opted for an open toe heel from Wittner shoes. Light colours are always best for this season. I tend to wear a lot of nude and pastel colours throughout the Carnival. Remember, comfort is always key at the races, it can be a long day on your feet. 

Don't forget to sign up and become an Australian Turf Club
 member this Spring Carnival. Spring Racing is the best time of year to get a big group of friends trackside and enjoy some of Sydney's finest racing. 

Becoming a member has many advantages but one I really enjoy is the access to the stylishly appointed venue, The Stables on Level 4 of the Queen Elizabeth Stand, open during and post Saturday race days for hospitality.

Below are a few of my favourite looks from the Elliatt & Heather McDowall collection. Enjoy!


Designer: Elliatt- Ophelia Dress 
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Summah 
Jewellery: Lovisa
Designer: Elliatt- Ophelia Dress
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Valerie
Jewellery: Lovisa

 Designer: Elliatt- Memory Dress 
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Valerie
Jewellery: Lovisa

Designer: Elliatt- Memory Dress 
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Georgia 

Designer: Elliatt- Renaissance Dress 
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Jesinta

Designer: Elliatt- Liberty Shirt Dress 
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Summah

Designer: Elliatt- Memory Dress 
Luxe Headpiece Designer: Heather McDowall- Ashley 


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